The 2025 LDP SUMMIT

The nation’s collective early talent development expertise under one roof for two days of learning and sharing. The LDP Summit is the annual conference for professionals who manage or support early career talent development programs.  Invest in YOUR professional development at the 14th annual LDP Summit in Cincinnati, OH on May 7 & 8, 2025.

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THE ANNUAL LDP SUMMIT

Two Days of Transformation...

The 2024 conference welcomed 162 people from 85 organizations. The 2025 LDP Summit will be held in Cincinnati, OH on May 7-8.  See the agenda below.

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Who Comes to the LDP Summit?

I absolutely LOVED the event and took away so much goodness that I can’t wait to implement in our program.

LaKeisha James, AT&T

“It was an incredible experience connecting with like-minded professionals, brainstorming innovative ideas, and sharing best practices in early career development. The summit was packed with session speakers who inspired us to think bigger and act bolder.”

Hadyn Hebert, Phillips-Medisize

LDP Connect is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

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14th ANNUAL LDP SUMMIT AGENDA

May 7th & 8th, 2025

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Tuesday, May 6th, 2025 (separate registration fee)

8:00 am

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Pre-Conference Workshop: How to Build (or Re-Build) a Quality Early Talent Development Program

Offered again in 2025 due to popular request! Getting a program started on the right footing can make all the difference between success and trouble. With the LDP Connect maturity model as a backdrop, this full-day workshop will get you focused on the key foundational questions to setting up and running an impactful (and measurable) early talent development program. With an emphasis on clarifying your program’s goals, you’ll be guided through considering proper program structure, curriculum design, and community building among stakeholders. If you’re new to the world of early talent development programs, or if you’re looking to re-vamp an existing program that may need recalibration, don’t miss this workshop. Facilitated by early talent development experts at Wronski Associates – a firm with 40 years of experience building and running early talent programs.

Main Conference Day 1: Wednesday, May 7th, 2025

7:45 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:15 am

Welcome & Introductions

8:30 am

Opening Keynote

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Kuda Biza

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9:30 am

Networking Break

9:45 am Concurrent Session 1A

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Walter Gunter

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Concurrent Session 1B

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Walter Gunter

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10:45 am

Networking Break

11:00 am Concurrent Session 2A

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Walter Gunter

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Concurrent Session 2B

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Walter Gunter

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12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Concurrent Session 3A

Facilitated Small Group Discussion
Senior Practitioners’ Meeting – Moving Forward Together
If you have oversight over multiple development programs at your organization, join your peers at this facilitated forum on big-picture strategic issues in early career development and programming. Participants will spend most of their time examining select topics in small groups and then briefly share conclusions/observations with the larger group. Topics will include early career talent management in the workforce of the future, proper program calibration and alignment with strategy, and other topics determined by participants in advance. The objective is to connect senior practitioners and generate useful strategic ideas.

Concurrent Session 3B

Facilitated Small Group Discussion
Functional “Club” Roundtables
LDP Connect often get requests from our members for more opportunities to meet and speak with people managing programs similar to thier own. Functional “Club” Roundtables are the live equivalent of the virtual “Club” calls we’ve been holding since the Fall of 2021. Bring your questions and expertise to a group of your peers on running development programs like yours. Our best ideas, solutions and relationships come from these informal conversations.

2:15 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm
Concurrent Session 4A

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Walter Gunter

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Concurrent Session 4B

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Walter Gunter

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3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm

Rapid Fire Session

Program Management Topics
A popular LDP Summit tradition. Participant volunteers share a best practice, learning or challenge with the audience in 7 minutes or less. A quick exchange of actionable ideas on program management to take home.

Rapid Fire Session

Recruiting Topics
A popular LDP Summit tradition. Participant volunteers share a best practice, learning or challenge with the audience in 7 minutes or less. A quick exchange of actionable ideas on recruiting to take home.

5:00 pm

Evening Reception

Main Conference, Day 2: Thursday, May 8th, 2025

8:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am

Plenary Session

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Kuda Biza

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9:45 am

Networking Break

10:00 am Concurrent Session 5A

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Walter Gunter

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Concurrent Session 5B

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Walter Gunter

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11:00 am

Networking Break

11:15 am Concurrent Session 6A

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Walter Gunter

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Concurrent Session 6B

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Walter Gunter

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12:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm

Community Interactive Session

Topic Tables: "Idea Snack” discussions
The landscape of managing early talent pipeline programs has changed dramatically over the past twelve months. The best help we get is from each other. What is your most pressing challenge as you navigate the new environment? Where do you need ideas, guidance or validation from your peers? Choose from several “topic tables” for open group discussion in this interactive community session. Stay with the same group, or pop in and out of these moderated intimate chats. Leave with ideas and confidence.

2:15 pm

Closing Plenary
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Dan Beaudry

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3:15 pm

Close and Networking

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FAQ's

Why attend a conference for early talent development professionals?

Because you need support and validation! The life of an early talent development professional is challenging.  You hold together a community of people at multiple levels of seniority, and the stakes are high. Early talent developers are coaches, sales people, recruiters,  career counselors and brand managers all wrapped into one.  The job is big and no one understands you better than your peers. Invest in attending the conference and you’ll walk out with ideas, friends and a whole bunch of positive energy.

Although our conference includes content related to early talent acquisition, we are not a “campus recruiting” conference.  The LDP Summit was founded in 2012 to focus on early talent development and how to optimize the structured programs that exist to promote it.  There are no university career services professionals at the LDP Summit, and the vast majority of our content is produced and delivered by members of our community – other early talent development professionals like you. 

Here is a link to the agenda of this year’s conference.  You can also see past agendas for 2023, and 2022. LDP Summit sessions cover many tactical issues in running successful early talent development programs, and often tackle larger strategic questions about early talent development in general.

If you have more questions about the LDP Summit or about the LDP Connect community, please contact us at [email protected].

Some Participating Organizations

LDP Connect includes professionals from many of the world’s marquis employers, including 40% of the Fortune 100..

The 2024 Reports are here!
Early Talent Program Data

Rention rates, NPS scores, Diversity metrics

Curiculum elements, Program structure & more!

From 165 early talent development programs

Across 97 organizations and 10 functional areas

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